Former priest accused of embezzling church funds

| July 19, 2011

BONITA SPRINGS – Parishioners of St. Leo's Catholic Church in Bonita Springs are learning new details of the church's final financial reports.

It shows that $1 million went unaccounted for, and many believe the man at the center of the scandal is the church's former leader, Father Stan Strycharz.

In a letter, the Bishop of the Diocese of Venice wrote to the congregation. They say Father Strycharz was allegedly caught stealing a lot of money by an independent accounting firm.

These allegations are some of many that had him put on administrative leave.

Those expenses include approximately $665,000 of parish funds used to pay Father Strycharz' personal credit card statements, nearly $172,000 paid for tuition, and other educational expenses for the children of the former business manager.

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